JoMUN XV's General Assembly 4 got off to a commendable and productive start this morning. Straight after the opening ceremony, delegates began sharing their opening statements, proposing their goals for the conference, and sharing how they look forward to working together to ultimately create impactful resolutions. Maeve Dodd is the President Chair of General Assembly 4. In an interview, Dodd explained that General Assembly 4 primarily discusses issues regarding disarmament; however, the topics tend to be more general, hence why they are discussed outside of the Disarmament Commission. The difference between General Assembly 3 and 4 is that the former covers more political issues whereas the latter covers issues related more to society. The three topics that General Assembly 4 focus on are: measures of addressing tension between Israel and Palestine, measures of addressing tension in the South China Sea, and measures of addressing organized crime in Africa. The delegates are split into two opposing groups for both the South China Sea Tensions, and the Israel and Palestine Conflict. For the topic on Organized Crime in Africa, the delegates have been separated into several smaller groups with similar stances on the argument.
Interestingly, although there is a delegate assigned to Palestine in this committee, there is no delegate assigned to Israel. Hence, the Co-Deputy Secretary General (Shareef Jabba) and the President of Press and Tech (Samhita Sen) decided to step into the committee to assume the roles of delegates of Israel for the duration of the debate regarding the conflict between Israel and Palestine. They swayed the delegates in the room to vote for amendments to the resolution submitted by delegate of Saudi Arabia and their many co-submitters, condemning the resolution as biased and one created as an anti-Semitic solution. The delegates of Israel thus argued that, given the purpose of the United Nations as an advocate for all people and their right to their own way of life, such a resolution could not be a valid solution. The discussion was adjourned for the day, and will be continued during Day Two.